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Rodents Cause Health Hazards in Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez homes

9/25/2015 (Permalink)

Rat infestation Has Anyone Seen a Rat?

SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez Can Decontaminate Your Property After a Rodent Infestation

As many homeowners know, a rodent infestation can be very problematic. In addition to causing health hazards, rodents can adversely affect the structural integrity of your residential or commercial property.  The local team of experts at SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez are trained to safely remove biohazards and dispose of them properly in accordance with OSHA and health regulations. Equipped with the recommended safety apparatus and specialized cleaning products, we can help change these unhealthy environments back into clean, safe homes and offices.

Rodents Can Invade Your Property
Many rodents can cause damage to your property.  Homeowners are surprised to find rats, squirrels, raccoons, bats, birds, mice and other rodents invading their property in search of warmth, water, and food. These creatures can contract and transmit numerous diseases. Additionally, they can introduce parasites that carry disease into your home. Rats and other invaders tend to breed rapidly and are capable of squeezing through spaces that appear much smaller than their bodies.

Disease Information
It is never advisable for a homeowner to handle a rodent. Many of these creatures have large teeth and can transmit bacteria, diseases, and viruses through saliva, urine, and feces. In the event that you find a rodent on your residential property, it's important to call a qualified pest control company to identify and remove the rodent.  (Once a licensed pest control company has rodent proofed and removed the live rodents, SERVPRO of Santa Barbara can come in and clean the mess they left behind) In many cases, the presence of one invader is an indication that the home has been subjected to an infestation.

Prevention Tips
There are numerous prevention tips you can implement to decrease your home's susceptibility to an infestation. One effective strategy is to keep food sources away from open areas. Garbage and small crumbs can become food for rodents, as can dry goods like cereals and grains. Make sure that these items are kept sealed away in glass containers to decrease the likelihood of contamination. Also make sure that you store your vegetables and fruits properly. This means that you should never leave waste on your counters and sinks. Also note that cardboard objects can be attractive to rats and other pests because they chew them up and use the material to make nests. Since this is the case, make sure that you're not leaving cardboard material out in the open.

Call SERVPRO of Santa Barbara For Cleanup and Restoration
It's not surprising that many homeowners seek quick solutions that can help eliminate the unwanted creatures. In many cases, residential property owners attempt to limit or eliminate the presence of rodents with repellents like mothballs or essential oils. These homemade treatment measures are not effective in combating a rodent infestation. Rather than attempting to complete a do-it-yourself rodent removal project, we recommend that you call a high quality Santa Barbara pest control company. Due to the potential health risks, some homeowners insurance may pay for cleanup and restoration. Check your policy provisions with your insurance agent.

Cleaning up after an infestation of rodents is not as easy as it may seem. The decontamination of a home or business due to infestation can be dangerous. Specialized experience and training is important when choosing a qaulified cleanup company to resolve these problems. Protect the safety and health of your family, friends, customers, and business by having hazardous materials properly removed by the professionals at SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez. If you have any questions about rodent cleanup in the Santa Barbara, Goleta Santa Ynez Valley or Lompoc area, call us at  805-963-0606.

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